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1 week comparison: SearchFox, Feedster, Pluck, Bloglines, Rojo, and NewsGator

[ page last updated: Oct. 21, 2005. ] i can’t believe an entire week has gone by.. i wanted to take a couple of hours each day to test out these 6 feed readers, but i gotta say that i still can’t decide which one i feel most comfortable with. looks like i may have [...]

So you think you can RSS? How.

[ This is a follow up to a previous article entitled: "So you think you can RSS? Why", which looks at the evolution of the internet and why RSS and other feed formats are so popular today. ] Everyday i seem to find at least 2-3 new websites that i think are really cool and [...]

So you think you can RSS? Why.

Once upon a time, in a bubble not so far away, there lived a band of government nerds. One day, the gods asked that they build a great network, and they would call it the “information super highway”. At first, there were lots of cool things to do, and places to see on the Net. People were always telling you about new websites to visit, and you had to have a pen handy to write down all the URLs. But with thousands of new Dotcom’s being born each day, it became more and more difficult to find what you were looking for. Eventually, paper lists of URLs were replaced with web browser bookmarks or favorites, and the first search engines and directories began to appear.

Then suddenly, and without warning, the bubble just burst. A shadow of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) swept across the web like an angry storm. There were weeks, even months of confusion and darkness. Many people fell, others were just lost. When all the dust settled, there was only Google.

Blogshares – Welcome to the desert of the Real

Remember, this is just a game. A really, really complex and sophisticated game.
While you probably won’t lose your shirt if you play, it all seems pretty real to me. It’s real enough that professors, engineers, even financial writers have commented on the game. If you have a blog (or read them on a regular basis), and you haven’t heard of it yet, BlogShares is a site that tracks blogs and ranks them based on their total number of incoming links. If this sounds familiar to you, let me assure you there is way more to this game than just rankings.

folksonomy, and people’s classification management 101

I think I was reading something about keywords, or tagging, when i first came across the term folksonomy. It looked familiar to me, like i had learned about it in school or something. I have an anthropology degree from back in the day, and terms like these were always being thrown around. Yet when i tried to construct a definition of folksonomy, i found that i only had a vague idea of what it was all about. So naturally, the next step was to look it up on wikipedia.

The first line went something like this: “Folksonomy is a neologism for a practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords.”

Not a good start. I’m thinking, “great. now i have to look up neologism”. So i did (but i won’t get into it here).

AJAX and the Yahoo Mindset

i’ve seen a lot of search engines.. but why should i bother to use them, why should i bother to visit them even once? everybody knows that Google is the center of the web universe. Right? i guess.. but yesterday i stumbled onto something new. it represented a change in the way we have been [...]

Styling XML using CSS and XSLT

In order to begin styling XML documents, a basic understanding of CSS and HTML (or XHTML) is recommended, but not required. In fact, today many sites that run on blogging software like Wordpress can generate XML feeds (commonly used with RSS and ATOM readers) automatically, and there are certainly enough tutorials online to get anyone with even a basic understanding of the web started on the path to becoming a designer.

AJAX: A Closer look

AJAX or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML is a term describing a web development technique for creating interactive web applications..